By NEMS Daily Journal
Northeast Mississippi’s legislative delegation responded to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday with concerns the is nation spending too much.
“The president has shown he can generate government jobs,” Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said in a statement from his Washington office. “But jobs created by small businesses and entrepreneurs in the private sector are the ones that are needed.”
Wicker said President Obama’s solution to produce jobs is just to spend more tax dollars, which is a “nonstarter in the Senate and for the American public. We are already spending more than we have, so the president’s call for a five-year spending freeze simply does not go far enough. We need to stop the spending binge and give job creators certainty to enable them to hire.”
Wicker has called on his colleagues in the Senate to cut their office budgets by at least 5 percent in 2011. A spokesman for Wicker has said reductions in his office will include general and personnel reductions.
Congressman Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said the president needs to make a plan for curtailing the national debt instead of more national spending similar to the “failed stimulus package,” which raised the debt.
“We need to invest in our future generations by relieving them of the insurmountable amount of debt they will inherit due to the government’s thoughtless spending,” he said. “The harsh reality is that we are leaving our children and grandchildren with a burden that they will not be able to lift – one that will paralyze them and deprive them of the American dream that previous generations of Americans have enjoyed.”
Nunnelee said the unemployment rate in the region, which is around 10 percent, would decline if government would take a step back and let the private sector flourish.
“I was not sent to Washington to endorse unnecessary new spending proposals. This is a step in the wrong direction and a path that leads to nowhere,” he said. “The president has overseen the most fiscally irresponsible period in the history of this nation and we simply cannot afford to follow his lead.”
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., wants to work with legislators to control government spending and reduce the nation’s debt.
“This State of the Union speech should be followed by realistic requests and specific proposals from President Obama in order to achieve those goals,” Cochran said. “Economic growth and job creation efforts will fall by the wayside in the absence of presidential leadership. I look forward to working in a positive and constructive way with the president, and the leaders in Congress, to deal with these important challenges.”